A submission into the Daily Post’s Photo Challenge. This week’s theme (Extra)ordinary.
Life moves quickly. Way too quickly. Don’t you think?
The purpose of Thirty Summers is to try and encourage our readers – yup that’s you – to slow down sometimes and to Escape Ordinary as much as possible. Or in other words to stop and smell the roses. More on that soon.
Who likes random acts of kindness stories?
I certainly do. Let me explain…
We have lived in our current home for about 15 years now and for most of that time our next door neighbours were a lovely elderly Greek couple called Betty & John. ‘Betty’ spoke little English and ‘John’ none whatsoever. Sadly around two years ago Betty had a series of health issues and needed to be placed in a care facility.
It was sad as Betty & John’s favourite thing to do was to sit on their front porch watching the world go by. Well being nosey mostly! It was great, they were the street’s very-own Greek burglar alarm. John continued his verandah vigils for about one year but on his own it just wasn’t the same! John, now in his 80s, has also moved out to a care facility. It’s the end of an era! I guess the only constant in life is change.
A tender moment – ‘a rose’.
Some time ago now as my son and I passed their house John came down towards us gesticulating wildly & speaking madly away in Greek. Sadly I didn’t have a clue what he was saying. However it quickly became apparent what his incredibly wonderful intentions were. I’m not really used to random acts of kindness. I’ve lived in big cities all my life where folks tend to keep to themselves so this was doubly delightful for me.
Luckily I had my camera to capture something really quite ordinary transcend, for us at least, into the extraordinary!
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